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Following an attack the way the Blues have handled their off-field issues of late, Mick Jones has dismissed talk that his boss will look to make peace with Roberto Di Matteo

Leeds United boss Neil Warnock is standing his criticism of the way Chelsea have dealt with the Mark Clattenburg allegations, says assistant manager Mick Jones.

Warnock hit out at the London club for their stance following the “inappropriate language” the referee used against John Obi Mikel in the game against Manchester United last Sunday.

And, following Leeds being drawn against the Blues in the quarter-finals of the Capital One Cup, Jones dismissed talk that Warnock will attempt to make peace with Roberto Di Matteo ahead of the tie.

"People think Neil says things off the hip but he doesn’t," Jones told London24. "He thinks about things a lot and he’s passionate about the Clattenburg thing.

"Believe it or not, he’s pro-referees. There is no bigger supporter of referees than Neil Warnock. He won’t regret it, he doesn’t say things off the cuff, he is a thoughtful man."

Despite the focus on welcoming the current Premier League leaders to Elland Road, Jones insists the players must be concentrating on the job in hand, with a tough trip to Brighton up next in the Championship.

"The next league game is the most important thing for us in our campaign," Jones told the club’s official website. "It'll be a hard game, they are a partisan crowd, and it'll be tough, make no mistake about that, but we've got to make it difficult for them.

"They have a manager who the people of Leeds know well in Gus Poyet. In my personal opinion he is going to the top."